What's the City Doing?
In 2007, the City formed a task force to take a closer look at sustainable building. The Costa Mesa "Green Team" was established to evaluate the feasibility of integrating sustainable building techniques in new publicly and privately developed projects as well as major retrofits. Task force members are comprised of various City staff members as well as representatives of the community met to formulate a policy, which was implemented from September 5, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
On September 16, 2008, City Council again voted for a Green Building Program effective September 17, 2008 through June 30, 2009.
Whether you're a homeowner or a developer, there are many resources available online to help make your project sustainable.
- California Energy Commission
- California Energy Commission Title 24 Standards
- California "Flex Your Power" Program
- California Integrated Waste Management Board - Sustainable Building
- California Solar Initiative
- California Sustainable Building Task Force
- LEED Initiatives in Government and Schools
- Summary of Government LEED Incentives
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Green Building Program
- U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Star Program
- City of Anaheim
- City of Irvine
- City of Pasadena, CA
- City of Portland, OR
- City of Seattle, WA
- City of Santa Monica, CA
- Building Green, Inc.
- Build it Green
- Building Industry Institute
- California Center for Land Recycling
- Energy Design Resources
- Global Green USA
- Green Home Guide
- Mesa Water District
- Metropolitan Water District
- Southern California Edison
- Southern California Gas
- U.S. Green Building Council - LEED Program and information regarding other initiatives
The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials as a means of improving public health and preserving the global environment.
Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.
Tree Hugger is a media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, they strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.